The plateau in certification represents a singular challenge for the sustainable seafood movement. We have reimagined the improvement model and built a Triple Impact Fisheries Evaluation Framework to increase the viability and decrease the risk of fisheries improvement by evaluating, tracking and incentivizing improvement of fisheries’ social and financial performance along with their environmental performance. The Triple Impact Fisheries Evaluation Framework is based on three tools, the Environmental Rapid Assessment, the Social Responsibility Assessment Tool for the Seafood Sector and the Financial Rapid Assessment.
The Environmental Rapid Assessment (ERA) is a publicly available tool for rapidly and affordably evaluating the environmental sustainability of wild capture fisheries. Based on international standards and best practices, it was co-developed by Ocean Outcomes, World Wildlife Fund and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership. The ERA provides a representative estimate of performance against the Marine Stewardship Council standard at substantially reduced effort and cost.
The Social Responsibility Assessment Tool for the Seafood Sector (SRA) is useful as a diagnostic or rapid fishery assessment tool to assess risk of social issues, to identify areas in need of improvement, and to inform the development of a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) workplan that includes a social element. Based on international standards and best practices, the SRA covers three main principles focused on human rights, equality and equity, and food and livelihood security.
The Financial Rapid Assessment (FRA) is a globally applicable tool designed to rapidly assess the business capacity of seafood enterprises. It is built on the work of Wilderness Markets and SmartFish AC which developed protocols for assessing fisheries’ investability for the World Bank and Mexican fishing coops’ business, organizational, and operational performance, respectively. The FRA combines these to provide insight about the ability of a fishing organization to perform as a fishing and/or seafood business and about their position relative to their competitors.
View case study examples where Ocean Outcomes and partners are successfully piloting the Triple Impact Fisheries Evaluation Framework in fisheries around the globe. These examples demonstrate the Framework’s ability to empower local organizations and those working in FIPs to maximize their impact by including social and financial improvement in their work.